Abu Dhabi is aiming to enhance skills in the country's oil sector by launching PhD programmes for Emirati students at Petroleum Institute starting early next year.
The PhDs will be formally approved by the Ministry of Education and will be offered in the five specific areas of petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and petroleum geosciences.
“With this step the PI is taking a major leap forward in establishing a research and development environment in one of the most important areas of the economy in the UAE — the oil and gas sector,” said Dr Thomas Hochstettler, president at PI on Tuesday.
Hochstettler explained that the main areas of research that the doctoral programmes would be focused on enhancing oil and gas recovery. He also spoke on the importance of continuing to improve the UAE’s oil sector, as the commodity of oil would still be a major resource for the country into the foreseeable future.
“The oil and gas industry make up a large percentage of the UAE’s gross domestic product, so to be able to contribute to the growth of that industry and to its efficiency is something very important to everyone working in this sector,” he said.
Dr Murray Ross Gray, senior vice-president Academic and Provost at PI, said that the programmes were solely chosen based on the needs within the oil and gas industry so that graduates would offer a major boost to the UAE and its goal of creating a knowledge-based economy.